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Jean Kahwaji (Arabic pronunciation: [ʤaːn qah'waʤiː]) is a former Lebanese military officer and Commander of the Lebanese Armed Forces from 2008 to 2017.

Jean Kahwaji
جان قهوجي
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General Jean Kahwaji (second on the right)
Commander of the Lebanese Armed Forces
In office
30 August 2008 – 8 March 2017
President Michel Suleiman
Michel Aoun
Preceded by Michel Suleiman
Succeeded by Joseph Aoun
Personal details
Born (1953-09-23) 23 September 1953 (age 63)
Ain Ebel, Nabatiye, Lebanon
Political party Independent
Spouse(s) Marleine Sfeir
Alma mater Lebanese Army Military Academy
Religion Maronite Christian
Military service
Allegiance  Lebanon
Service/branch Lebanese Army
Years of service 1973-2017
Rank General


Kahwaji joined the Lebanese army in 1973. He trained abroad, especially in the United States and Italy. He also underwent anti-terrorism training in Germany in 2006, as well as in Italy. He headed the army's 12th Infantry Brigade since 2002.[citation needed]. He also went to the Swedish military school in Boden Garrison in Sweden for terrain warfare during the 1990s.

On 30 August 2008, the Lebanese government appointed Brigadier-General Jean Kahwaji to be chief of the Lebanese Armed Forces, replacing Michel Suleiman,[1] who became President of Lebanon in May 2008.

Personal lifeEdit

Jean Kahwaji is married to Marleine Sfeir. They have three children: Jad, Joanna and Joe.


  1. ^ Jane's intelligence digest: the global early-warning service. Jane's Information Group. 2009-05-01. 
Military offices
Preceded by
Michel Suleiman
Commander of the Lebanese Armed Forces
2008 – 2017
Succeeded by
Joseph Aoun